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  • 28 July, 2021

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New Technologies in Agriculture Sector

New Technologies in Agriculture Sector

National Agricultural Research System

  • National Agricultural Research System coordinated at the apex level by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)/ Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), comprises of 98 Agricultural Research Institutes, 5 Deemed Universities and 3 Central Agricultural Universities besides 63 State Agricultural Universities, 4 Universities with Agriculture Faculty and 82 All India Coordinated Research Projects (AICRPs)/Network projects mandated for developing, testing and refining new technologies in the agriculture sector.

Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs)

  • To provide information about these technologies to the farmers, the Government has established a network of 725 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) at the district level and coordinated by 11 Agricultural Technology Application and Research Institute (ATARIs) established at the Zonal level in the Country.
  • These KVKs are mandated to provide information about new technologies in the agriculture sector to the farmers.
  • The major activities undertaken by KVKs include
    1. On-farm testing of location specificity of technologies under various farming systems; frontline demonstration to establish the production potential of improved agricultural technologies on the farmers’ field;
    2. Capacity development of farmers for knowledge and skill up gradation;
    3. Providing farm advisories on varied subjects of interest to farmers using ICT and other tools;
    4. Production and distribution of quality seeds, planting materials and other technology inputs to farmers.

Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA)

  • Besides, Government is also implementing a centrally sponsored scheme namely Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) which aims at making available the latest agricultural technologies in different thematic areas to increase agricultural production through extension activities viz. Farmers Training, Demonstrations, Exposure Visits, Kisan Mela, Mobilization of Farmers Groups and Setting up of Farm Schools.
  • During the last three years and the current year (till date), a total of 41629 exhibitions/ farmers’ fairs have been organized with the participation of 1.28 crore farmers.
  • Similarly, a total of 1,78,811 training programmes with the participation of 1.01 crore farmers have been organized during the last three years and during the current year to date by KVKs, ICAR Institutes and ATMA.

The government is extending regular advisories to more than 5.00 crore farmers through the MKisan portal.

Source: PIB

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